I had a wonderful, albeit brief, stay in Japan and feel the obligation to provide the following observation:
Above all else, my trip to Japan demonstrated that the media shamelessly blows stories out of proportion. Remember all the talk about the store shelves being empty after the earthquake? Nope. Trains not running? Well, for a few days the local trains in Tokyo ran every five minutes instead of three minutes. Radiation? Less than in London or Hong Kong.
Tokyo is a thriving city, clean, vibrant, and ready to welcome foreign visitors. The Japanese are a resilient people and while the earthquake and its aftermath were devastating, the people of Japan are quickly recovering and taking steps to help their country emerge even stronger than it was before the quake.
Do not be fooled by alarmist media reports about the health risks or safety concerns associated with visiting Japan–they are patently false.
My list of countries visited is approaching 60 and while I am not going to say Japan has been my favorite country I have visited, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and highly recommend that you check out Japan sooner rather than later.